April 20, 2024   12:37pm

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Chocolate and wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures, but pairing them can be tricky – either can overpower the other with its distinct flavors and aromas.

Wine with chocolate

Here are some guidelines:

  • When chocolate is combined with a fruit such as cherries, berries, raisins or dates, consider wines or spirits that have similar flavors, like Framboise for a chocolate dessert with raspberries.
  • White and milk chocolate desserts pair well with a spritzy Moscato d’Asti, Orange Muscat (especially if the dessert contains orange), ice wine, Tokaji, Gewurztraminer, late-harvest Riesling, sweet sake, and dry or rosé Champagne.
  • Dark chocolate demands a richer and fuller wine, such as a Black Muscat, Banyuls (especially creamier, richer desserts), Ruby or Tawny Port, Madeira, Pedro Ximenez sherry or Cognac. If it’s bittersweet chocolate, try Cabernet Sauvignon or a ripe or late-harvest Zinfandel.

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